Giro d’Italia: The Race for the Pink Jersey

The grand tour will depart once again on the 5 May this year with a peloton of professional cyclists eager to get their hands on the Pink Jersey for the 100th edition. The Tour begins in Alghero, the Northwest coast of Sardinia. It then continues for 23 challenging days on the bike to conclude in Monza on the 28th May at the Milan Cathedral.


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2017-03-29 12:00:00By Elizabeth Demetriou

There are a number of jerseys up for grabs throughout the competition, including the winning jerseys and stage jerseys of the tour.  But what do all these jerseys, classifications and colours mean? Here’s the breakdown:

Giro d’Italia Leader’s Jerseys:

  1. Maglia Rosa, Pink Fighter
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    Maglia Rosa, Pink Fighter

    The riders in the Giro d’Italia will battle it out against one another in the fight for pink to be awarded the most prestigious jersey of the tour.

    • 2016 winner: Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team)
    • 2015 winner: Alberto Contador from Tinkoff was crowned as the fastest rider of the race with the Pink Fighter Jersey for his second time.
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  2. Maglia Bianca, Young Fighter
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    Maglia Bianca, Young Fighter

    The fastest rider under the age of 25 to complete the race gets awarded the Young Fighter jersey. It’s as simple as that!

    • 2016 winner: Bob Jungels (Etixx–Quick-Step)
    • 2015 winner: snapped up by  Team Astana and Italian rider Fabio Aru at 24 years of age.
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  3. Maglia Azzurra, King of the Mountain
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    Maglia Azzurra, King of the Mountain

    After a series of designated climbs, the riders to the top first accumulate points, and the one with the most collective points at the end of the climbs becomes the King of the Mountain. It’s not a half-bad title to have is it?!

    • 2016 winner: Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)
    • 2015 winner:  Giovanni Visconti from the Movistar team.
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  4. Maglia Rossa, Points Hunter
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    Maglia Rossa, Points Hunter

    The rider with the most points awarded from their finishing positions on stages attains the Points Hunter jersey in a sweet maglia rossa colour. The first riders to go through intermediate sprints are also awarded this jersey.

    • 2016 winner: Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)
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Elizabeth Demetriou

Elizabeth Demetriou


I'm a runner at heart but since shin splints became a big part of my life, I turned to cycling as a form of cross training. I love riding track and am a regular on the Manchester velodrome; on the road I ride a Trek Lexa and I call it Toby.

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